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Hurder - Dental Hygienist - Tempe, Arizona, USA

Lorna Hurder

Tempe, Arizona, USA


Dental Hygienist

  • Part time


I retired my licenses last year.I am missing the dental environment.I graduated from Phoenix College Dental Hygiene program. I was licensed in Arizona first. I moved to Anchorage,Alaska to go to work for the Teamster's Medical Service Corp,having passed my Alaska Dental Board there. We had three clinics in Alaska.I worked the Anchorage clinic. We had 100,000 member base with dependents of 300.000.I worked with 22 DDS,who were from all over the USA. There were 6 RDH's, 4 of whom were Americans, but had worked and taught in Switzerland. My first in depth work in Periodontal treatment and learning about "soft tissue management" was a very growing experience. I later became the lead hygienist,that communicated with the director of the program .The periodontal program was so successful that we were honored by the Teamster's Board.."60 Minutes" flew into Anchorage to do a TV segment about the teamster's success, considering they were only AFL,and not CIO.. This was quite the learning experience.I returned to Arizona for my children's education. I am originally from Ohio--I became licensed in Ohio.I worked for private practices. I became Board Certified in Local Anesthesia, in AZ and began the "Expanded Function Program" that was sponsored by Phoenix College and Northern Arizona University. I worked private practices for a substitution service for five years. This helped me to meet the dental community. My husband died,so I went to the Navajo Indian Reservation-"IHS". This was a leap for me ,because of the administration and management.I lived on the hospital compound at Sage Memorial Hospital We worked the dental clinic at the hospital,and two satellite offices--Greasewood--Sanders. The cultural classes we took to understand the Navajo religion and their life style was enlightening. We held an open clinic at Sage Memorial every two weeks and we were interviewed by the Washington Post-I also served 5 years as an interviewer for the peer review panel for the AZ DENTAL Board

Work History

Dental Hygienist

Phoenix, Arizona


RDH - Dental Hygienist

Anchorage, Alaska

RDH - Dental Hygienist

Homer Alaska

RDH - Dental Hygienist

Wooster, Ohio

RDH - Dental Hygienist

Mohave Community College, Bullhead City, AZ


RDH/ Dental Hygienist

Skill level with "soft tissue management", and or root planing to control Periodontal Disease

RDH/ Dental Hygienist

Patient screening and evaluation./x-rays Periodontal probe scores.cancer screening,full mouth charting, restorative and soft tissue management.Review medical histories and notification of. medicines. The assessment of the stage of the patient determined the soft tissue management program and or referral to the periodontist. Oral hygiene instructions and decision making on the tools that would work the best for the patient. As the awareness and healing began with the patient, than there would be changes with tools and technique. Patient would be informed of the type of treatment they needed. Front desk would schedule. We always used Local Anesthesia before root planing our patients. I used the EMS system from Switzerland for calculus removal, plus hand instrumenting with dental curets and dental files.The EMS system also disturbed the aggregation of the microscopic environment with in the periodontal pockets.-irrigation with Peridex. Patient would have home treatment instructions ,and follow up appointments. If they needed referrals,that would be in order,referred by the DDS, after 4-6 week evaluate the healing level of the individual, There is a system in place that the Periodontist and the DDS and the RDH care for the patient in a team atmosphere Any questions please contact me Lorna Hurder, RDH

Qualifications & Certifications

Phoenix College

Wooster High School

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